Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many were impressed by the durable and comfortable construction of the Roclite 280.
  • The outsole lug pattern allows runners to survive on the soft and hard trails.
  • It features an on-the-shoe gaiter pocket for a debris-free running experience.
  • The Roclite 280 has a synthetic mesh for lightweight and breathable coverage.
  • The Meta-Shank technology was applauded by many because gives underfoot impact protection and added flexibility in the forefoot area.
  • It features the 3-Arrow Shoc Zone technology that provides maximum underfoot protection for many types of terrain.
  • It has an affordable price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners found the Roclite 280 too narrow in the forefoot area.
  • A few thought that the simplistic design wasn’t very appealing.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 Roclite 280 is a multi-terrain running shoe that offers increased cushioning, flexibility and impact protection. It is ideal for trail running, obstacle racing, and soft, muddy terrains. This Inov-8 running shoe is a good option for neutral runners who are looking for a lightweight and affordable trail partner.

Facts

Expert Reviews

81 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 | BirminghamRunner | | Level 1 expert

    Overall the Roclite 280 is durable, lightweight and you can be confident it will perform wherever you decide to go.

  • 80 / 100 | Sugoid Days | | Level 1 expert

    The 280 in its name isn't just the model. It's also the weight of the shoes in grams and it obviously stands by its claim of being lightweight.

  • First look | Shop Zappos |

    You also have that really durable outsole here on the bottom. It's gonna help keep you nice and steady over a [sic] mixed variety of terrain. It's also incredibly flexible.

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  • The Inov-8 Roclite 280 comes with enhanced comfort. It comes with an extra amount of cushioning that is designed to deliver underfoot impact protection for long-distance runs. With the shoe’s midsole, runners experience a more comfortable ride.
  • This affordable shoe for running also features the on-the-shoe gaiter clips for an efficient attachment of gaiter to prevent debris from entering the shoe.

The Roclite 280 is available in standard running shoe length and width. The forefoot is wide and the heel and the midfoot are of standard measurements. The shoe is best for those runners with a wider forefoot and those with medium foot measurements.


The outsole of the Roclite 280 uses the sticky rubber material that delivers maximum grip on wet conditions and added durability on high wear areas for more improved performance. The lugged pattern in the sole delivers reliable grip on varied terrain. The Meta-Flex groove strategically located in the forefoot encourages natural forefoot flex for a more comfortable toe-off.


Aside from the standard injected EVA foam that delivers moderate cushioning and flexibility, the shoe uses the brand’s 3 Arrow Shoc-Zone cushioning that delivers maximum underfoot protection. It gives comfort and protection for long-distance runs.

The dynamic Fascia Band from the heel to the forefoot is designed for efficient energy releasing. It acts as a rigid lever arm for a more powerful step and for runners to propel without giving too much effort. The Meta-Shank that is located from the midfoot to the forefoot is designed for added flexibility and impact protection.


The upper of the Inov-8 Roclite 280 features the synthetic mesh cover that delivers a breathable and lightweight coverage. It also features the TPU lacing system that gives added support and a secure fit while running. Lastly, it comes with gaiter pockets that prevent debris from entering the shoe.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

jens@runrepeat.com